Our dental case of the week is Cricket, a 44-pound lab mix who came to Westside Family Pet Clinic from the Dane County Humane Society with a fractured lower right canine tooth.
As the before photo shows, the root canal of Cricket’s lower canine tooth had been exposed due to the fracture. This is a strategic tooth which is very difficult to remove and important to save. Cricket felt much better after his root canal procedure.
His anesthesia record, VETDAR, shows that Cricket’s vitals remained stable during the procedure. (Click image to see full sized.) VETDAR (VETerinary Digital Anesthesia Record) prompts the Certified Veterinary Technician (veterinary nurse!) every 5 minutes to record the patient’s vital signs: heart and respiratory rates, pulse oximetry, blood pressure, and end-tidal (exhaled) carbon dioxide level. It also prompts a temperature reading every half hour. Our veterinary staff uses this graph during the procedure to detect any trends that need attention.
Cricket’s after photo shows a clean, healthy tooth. Cricket is available for adoption through Dane County Humane Society – we are proud to be supporters of DCHS and hope Cricket gets adopted soon!